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Owhango, New Zealand
4 Stars Out Of 5
A Delightful Tale of Small Town Life
January 18, 2016
Owhango, New Zealand
This the fifth title of the much loved Harmony series is another delightful collection of small town anecdotes which transport the reader into a land of yesteryear. A town where larger than life characters (sometimes caricatures) populate the quaintest of locations and generally live what most of us would call a idilic ilife But scratch just below the surface and the dear folks of Harmony have just as many issues and hangups as the rest of us.
Quaker Minister Sam has more than most sitting in his congregations every Sunday morning. Dale Henshaw is a particular case in point. Hell preach against anything that moves and finds fault in all. But when his world caves in and his wife leaves him (albeit temporarily) its Sam who steps in and despite plenty of run ins with Dale, is there to literally get him out of bed in the morning, dressed and hopefully in his right mind. The rest of the townsfolk have their own humorous moments sprinkled through out the book and its fun after previously reading about these folks to catch up on their current situations.
My only criticism is the the last portion of the book does take some fairly pointed swipes at the fundamentalist and Bible believing church that I found a little jading. These, unlike previous books, where we could collectively laugh at our quirks and foibles, this was more cutting and person. I see other readers have also highlighted this so it wasnt just sensitive me.
That being said will it stop me from reading the rest of the series? Im not sure. It did leave a unusual taste in my mouth and has given me pause. But Im just curious enough to want to see what the rest of life has in store for the good folks of Harmony and if this book was just an isolated case. I can only hope so. Otherwise visiting Harmony is a wonderful thing to do on a rainy afternoon.
What a delight to read, I actually laughed out loud and had to read some to my husband so he could share in the laughter. I'm sure we have some of the same people in our churches that this pastor has in his.
Loved every minute of the book. I could not wait to see what would happen next! Mr. Gulley writes as if he is looking at everything and everybody and writing exactly what he thinks without saying anything out loud. Wonderful series!